We need to talk about the GOOD BILLS!
Senator Jim McCune (LD 2) has dropped SB 5558 today that would recognize the fundamental right of parents and guardians to direct the upbringing and education of their children.
“The legislature recognizes that parents are the best protectors of their children and have the natural right and duty to care for them.
The legislature acknowledges that the United States supreme court has repeatedly recognized and protected the rights of parents and guardians and stressed the importance of family.“
Section 2 of SB 5558 goes on to say: “This fundamental right includes choosing the type of education their child will receive, as recognized by RCW 28A.225.010, and making reasonable choices related to their child’s education. No state law regarding education shall infringe on this fundamental right without demonstrating that the state law is furthering a compelling governmental interest and is narrowly tailored to achieve that interest.”
This would be a great bill to set precedent for recognizing that parents are, indeed, the primary stakeholders in their children’s lives. The democrats in the Washington legislature vehemently disagree with this concept, so it is unlikely that this bill will move forward. However, these bills are important for us to talk about and alert citizens that there are legislators working towards common sense policies, but we can’t move them due to the makeup of the legislature. Your vote matters. Your voice matters. We must stop giving power to the people who want to control our children and destroy our families and communities.
Send a respectful email to the chair of the senate education committee and ask her to give SB 5558 a hearing. Senator Lisa Wellman: firstname.lastname@example.org